Millions of American families travel to the country's national parks, especially during the busy summer seasons. But the good news is that fall is on the horizon, and it's a great time to avoid the crowds and find good deals, too. And while major parks like the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone may get the lion’s share of these visits, there are many other incredible but lesser-known parks around the country to consider. We caught up with Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service, to find out his favorite under-the-radar finds. He also shared some tips and tricks for finding unique experiences, plus ways that travelers can help preserve and protect these national treasures.
When you think of stunning waterscapes, places like Acadia National Park in Maine and Olympic National Park in Washington likely come to mind. Yet Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota offers some of the same activities with a fraction of the crowds. Almost half the park is water, with more than 500 islands and 655 miles of undeveloped shoreline. As someone who grew up in the Rockies, lived near the mountains of California and adventured in Alaska, I can tell you that Voyageurs is like no place else
Don't Miss: Camp near Kabetogama Lake, for the incredible quiet. At Voyageurs, you can wrap yourself in quiet that is both comforting and exhilarating. We’re not talking complete silence, but rather a silence that gives you space to enjoy the calls of wildlife from miles around.